Butternut Squash Spoonable Cornbread!

I adapted this recipe from an October 2011 issue of Southern Living. The Original just sounded SO good and intriguing. I mean, what makes a bread spoonable? What kind of texture is that for a bread? Is it spongy or bread pudding-ey? Was it sweet or savory?! The Southern  Living picture made it look like a cornbread. Anyhow, I had to try it, and then do a little adaptation on it, of course.

So here is the recipe:

2 Cups whole milk
2 tbsp tarragon vinegar
4 large eggs, separated
1 medium size butternut squash (or 2 12-oz frozen, thawed packages)
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup white or yellow cornmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp chopped rosemary
1/2 tsp baking soda
dash salt
1/4 cup butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350. At the same time, mix milk and vinegar and let sit for 15 minutes. Once milk mixture is ready, heat over medium heat for 4-6 minutes (until bubbly, but not boiling)
2. Lightly beat egg yolks in a large bowl; stir in squash and cheese. Combine cornmeal and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Stir cornmeal mixture into squash mixture. Pour warm milk over squash mixture and whisk until smooth. Let stand until luke warm (about 15 min).
3. Brush a 2.5-3 qt baking dish or 12 in cast iron skillet with butter or spray. Stir remaining melted butter into squash/cornmeal mixture.
4. Beat egg whites at high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into squash mixture. Pour into baking dish.
5. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

This is best when eaten immediately. The texture is real light and springy and it really is a bread you can eat with a spoon! Wild!

This is definitely more on the savory side, than sweet. But there is a faint sweetness to it, because of the butternut squash. It’s really neat.

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